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April in Berlin

What's going on in April?

© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

April, April, it does what it wants. In Berlin, April wants a lot: celebrate Easter and tree blossom festivals, visit galleries and new exhibitions, run marathons and much more. We have put together our top 11 tips for April in Berlin for you here.

Tip 1: Festive days at the State Opera

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
© Gordon Welters

Every year, the Berlin State Opera hosts the Festival, which is an absolute must for music, opera and ballet enthusiasts. The festival attracts highly respected artists from all over the world who create a demanding programme. Both classical works and modern interpretations are performed. The historic building of the Berlin State Opera adds to the unique atmosphere and provides the perfect setting to immerse yourself in the world of opera and ballet and experience unforgettable moments.

When: 2 - 10 April
Where: Berlin State Opera

Tip 2: Half Marathon Berlin

Berliner Halbmarathon
Berliner Halbmarathon © camera4

The half marathon in Berlin is the event for thousands of runners from all over the world. The course passes some of the city's most famous landmarks, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column and Potsdamer Platz. The race offers both experienced runners and beginners the opportunity to take part in one of the biggest half marathons in Europe. The atmosphere along the course is electrifying and the participants are cheered on by enthusiastic spectators. After the race, there will be an after-run party where runners can celebrate their success and relax.

When: 2 April
Where: Route through Berlin

Tip 3: Formula E E-Prix

Fia Formula E Berlin ePrix
Formula E Berlin ePrix © LAT Photographic
Tel: +44(0)20 8267 3000

At the E-Prix in Berlin, the best electric racing drivers in the world will once again compete. The race track runs through Tempelhofer Feld and offers spectacular views for spectators. In addition to the race, the event site offers numerous activities and attractions on the topic of electromobility. Formula E is a unique series of events that showcases the future of motorsport and promotes awareness of sustainable technology.

When: 22 - 23 April
Where: Tempelhof Airport

The Tempelhof Field

Tip 4: achtung berlin - Film Festival

Cinema International in Berlin
Cinema International © Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Foto: Wolfgang Bittner

The achtung berlin film festival focuses on the diversity and creativity of the film industry in Berlin and Brandenburg. The festival shows a wide selection of films, from in-house productions to major professional studio releases. The achtung berlin film festival places particular emphasis on promoting local talent and offers a platform for up-and-coming filmmakers. The programme is rounded off by an extensive supporting programme with workshops, pitches, panels and film talks.

When: 12 - 19 April
Where: various cinemas

Tip 5: Gallery Weekend 2023

Gallery Weekend in Berlin
Gallery Weekend in Berlin © Marco Funke

Gallery Weekend once again celebrates the endless creativity of Berlin's art scene. During the weekend, galleries and art spaces across the city open their doors to present a wide range of contemporary art to visitors. The festival programme includes exhibitions, vernissages, guided tours and talks with artists who offer insights into their work and inspirations. The weekend offers a unique opportunity to experience artworks first-hand and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of art.

When: 28 - 30 April
Where: numerous galleries

Find out more

Tip 6: Theatertreffen der Jugend

Stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele © Chiussi/Agentur StandArt

The "Theatertreffen der Jugend" presents remarkable plays by young groups that have emerged from a transnational competition between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The personality of the actors:inside is in the foreground and leaves the lack of professionalism unnoticed. Eight groups will be invited to Berlin as prize winners, where they can present their productions and take part in workshops and discussions. School theatre groups, independent groups and youth clubs of professional theatres can apply.

When: 24 April
Where: Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Theatre in Berlin

Tip 7: Britzer Baumblüte

Britzer Garten
Britzer Garten © Grün Berlin GmbH

Every year in spring, the Britzer Baumblüte in Berlin-Neukölln celebrates the beauty and fragrance of the blossoming trees. Visitors:inside can stroll through the rows of trees, enjoy culinary delights and take part in various activities. If the weather is good, be sure to visit the Britzer Garten and enjoy a great day out with friends or family.

When: 31 March - 16 April
Where: Britzer Garten

Info about the Britzer Garten


Tip 8: Liam Gillick: filtered time

Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum Berlin
Pergamon Museum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Exciting: the light, colour and sound installations by British artist Liam Gillick in the Pergamon Museum. Let yourself be carried away by the rays of light and colour that bathe the world-famous Ishtar Gate of Babylon, the Processional Way or monumental sculptures in mysterious light, accompanied by innovative sound installations. Experience 6,000 years of human history in a sensual and new way.

When: 6 April - 15 October
Where: Pergamon Museum

Tickets for Liam Gillick

Tip 9: Many tips to celebrate Easter

Easter eggs
Easter eggs © Getty Images, Bild: lacaosa

There are many ways to celebrate Easter in Berlin. One of the most famous events is the Easter bonfire, which takes place in many parks and public squares. Another tradition in Berlin is the Easter egg hunt, which is a popular activity for both children and adults. Those who prefer sporting activities can take part in the Easter run in the Tiergarten. Those interested in culture can visit the many museums and galleries that are open over the holidays and often offer special exhibitions and events. For more inspiration and detailed info about Easter in the capital, check out our Easter page.

When: Good Friday - Easter Sunday
Where: numerous locations

Our Easter page

Tip 10: Gerhard Richter: 100 Works for Berlin

Exterior view of the New National Gallery Berlin
Exterior view of the New National Gallery Berlin © Marcus Ebener

The exhibition "Gerhard Richter: 100 Works for Berlin" shows a variety of works by the renowned artist Gerhard Richter from his personal collection. The exhibition takes place in the Neue Nationalgalerie and includes works from all phases of his career, including paintings, drawings and photographs. Visitors:inside can discover a wide range of themes that run through Richter's work, such as abstraction, realism, political history and personal memories. The exhibition is a great opportunity to discover and appreciate the work of one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

When: until 2026
Where: New National Gallery

Tickets new National Gallery

Tip 11: "Ab ins B!"

Ab ins B! Graphic
Ab ins B! Graphic © Gröschel Branding GmbH

For all those who want to experience Berlin away from the well-known hotspots, the discovery days "Ab ins B!" will start in spring 2023. From 25 March to 10 April 2023, there are many exciting places to discover outside of Berlin's centre. Take the opportunity to experience special offers such as extra guided tours, discounted admission, cultural performances, culinary specials or creative hands-on activities. Set off and discover nine districts outside the S-Bahn ring. So just take a trip to fare zone B and off you go!

When: 25 March - 10 April
Where: many locations in Berlin

Ab ins B!

More tips for April and the whole year 2023 can be found in the event calendar.



Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Bevor sie in Berlin ihr Zuhause fand, berichtete sie als Korrespondentin und Trendscout aus den USA. Heute ist sie kreuz und quer in Berlins Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich mit Kultur, Musik und Zukunftsideen für ein innovatives Berlin. All posts